Big props today to Dr. Michelle Delco, who not only headed up the surgery on Miss Dragon Pants today, she spent time after answering my questions and then more time answering my email queries!
Here's an account of Fiddle's Spay Day, start-to-finish, with most of the narration provided by Dr. Delco:
Fiddle gets her "pre-meds": Banamine and antibiotics. She also gets sedation before she goes into the stocks. Note the upright ears and interested face. This will haunt us later in the day.
|"Not a cheap date, mate."|
(Ears still upright, no sleepy pony yet)
|scrubbed and shaved...again|
|"Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil"|
|Po-Nee, the newest Teletubby|
|Inserting the cannula.|
|Fiddle has joined the Borg, at least temporarily.|
She described watching this surgery as being about as interesting as watching somebody play video games...the surgeon doesn't look much at the patient, but instead keeps her eyes mostly on the monitor.
Dr. Delco says, "In the picture (above), the left ovary has been ligated and passed over to the right side of the abdomen. In the left flank, you see the three cannulas (portals) still in place so we maintain insufflation (Aarene in: "balloonism"). Through one portal, you can see the black instrument--that's the grasping forcep that is holding onto the left ovary. When the right side is finished, I will make a pass-off: I grab the left ovary with another forcep from the right side, then let go with the forcep on the left. That way we keep track of the left ovary and they both come out of one incision on the right side."
Meanwhile, in the waiting room:
|Visiting Fish (and puppy)|
|Nothing like some puppy breath to relieve worries!|
|Her fleece cooler as a snugglie, and the muzzle to keep her |
from trying to eat before the sedation was fully worn off.
She will gradually be returned to regular food, starting with wet Equine Senior and moistened hay through the day and into tomorrow. She will be watched carefully for signs of colic and discomfort; if she's good to go through the end of tomorrow, they will release her to come home on Saturday morning!
So far, so good. Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts and prayers during this process. I'll update tomorrow -- hopefully with "not much to report!"